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Strangers

Narrated by: Clare Corbett
Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
5 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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Three strangers. Three secrets. And one big lie.

First there’s Ursula. Unable to face up to the tragedy that consumes her, her world has shrunk to an almost unrecognisable state. But a string of missing people – and her housemate’s permanently locked basement door – set off a chain of events that she soon has no control over.

Then Alice, who’s in the first flush of her relationship with Simon, a man she met by chance, and who seems perfectly normal – except that he flinches at the slightest touch.

And Gareth, who lives a humdrum life as he struggles to cope with his mum’s increasing dementia. She can’t remember much about her days – not even when a postcard from his long-dead father comes through the door.

None of these three strangers have ever met, but their worlds will soon collide in the most dramatic way possible, as the lie that has been told is finally answered for....

The master of suspense is back! Prepare yourself for the latest nail-shredding, heart-in-mouth roller coaster ride from the Sunday Times best seller.

©2020 C.L. Taylor (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"I was glued from start to finish!" (Shari Lapena)

"Shocking, compelling and entertaining." (Liz Nugent)

"This masterfully woven story comes together in a thrilling and unexpected climax." (Fiona Cummins)

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Great although confusing

There were so many characters I became confused but it was still a good story. Might try here others books.

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  • David M
  • 03-04-2020

Exciting thriller

I've listened to nearly all of C.L. Taylor's audio books on Audible and this is up there with the best. An exciting listen all the way through. There's so much going on, I found myself having to pause at the end of every chapter to take it all in before proceeding with the next.

Set in Bristol, we hear three completely separate characters telling their story in turn chapter by chapter, and it only gradually becomes apparent what they have in common.

Against these stories is the background chatter in Social Media of what appears to be a local serial killer- the Harbour-side Murderer.

There are multiple crimes going on. One small criticism perhaps is that the author does not give us any clues at the time as to who the culprit(s) might be. It almost feels that she just decided on the guilty at the end of the book and made up a motive for them at that time.

There's an interesting interview at the end of the book, C.L. Taylor asking Clare Corbett about her reading technique and how she gets all the voices right. Well worth listening to that.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-05-2020

My 1st C.L. Taylor, and it won’t be my last!

I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook. It is well narrated and well paced (please don’t be put off by the review about the accents...the accents are not OTT at all, and if you listen to the Author & Narrator bit at the end of the book, it turns out that the narrator is actually from Bristol.). I found myself trying to link all the strangers together, but wasn’t able to do so, and the ending was satisfying. There is a lot of normal life packed into this book, the characters feel genuine and relatable to. If this book is anything to go by, I’ll certainly be listening to more by C.L. Taylor. Enjoy!

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  • Katie Kat Books
  • 30-04-2020

Excellent thriller

Where do I start! I was gripped right from the first chapter of this book. There was so much happening right from the start I couldn’t Stop listening to it. I loved how the book was almost like three standalone stories all building up to their own big finale’s then the clever twists to keep you guessing.
I enjoyed finding out the background stories for each main characters and found this made it easier to understand their actions and motivations.

The story was well paced and had no pointless filler. Everything was relevant to the story and had a purpose.

I also loved the ending - this particular scenario had not even crossed my mind and made me smile when revealed.
Excellent book. Highly recommended.

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  • jam
  • 13-04-2020

intriguing

loved the three separate stories and characters Easy to follow. Kept your interest right until the end.

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  • Sherry-lyn
  • 14-05-2020

Brilliant

I couldn't stop listening to this book from beginning to end, had my stomach in knots, Fantastic narration!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-05-2020

a gripping, funny, human mystery

I've been avoiding screens due to a headache and this kept me sane, while driving me insane with worry for the characters and intrigue at the mystery. Brilliant.

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  • Karen Moore
  • 31-05-2020

Outstanding narration!

I usually enjoy books where someone is brutally murdered every other chapter. However, Strangers held that appeal for me without giving up its secrets too soon. You know the characters will eventually interlink (it insinuates that on the cover) but how?
I thoroughly enjoyed the story, not only for what it was but the fact that all of the characters are ‘flawed’ somehow, well in what modern day would consider anyway, via their descriptions you wonder what you will have to emphasise with them, however, the characters are so well created that each of them deserve our full attention.
I do enjoy Claire Corbett as a narrator but (it’s a good ‘but’ Claire if you’re reading) to so vividly depict a myriad of roles was amazing!!

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  • Anna Haighton
  • 27-05-2020

Never really got started...

A bit of a damp squib ... I didn't feel connected to any of the characters and the ending was so rushed and weird that you never get to see the actual main action! Even weirder is a totally random interview at the end where the author interviews the narrator to ask how she remembers which voices to do... Not worth a credit!

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  • Sophie S
  • 21-04-2020

This book needs to be a movie!

one of the most interesting story lines for a long time. The only minus points I would give are for the terrible Bristol accents. I wish the narrators wouldn't make every Bristolian sound like a farmer from the back of beyond.